If you thought Facebook Messenger was going to be left to die following the firm’s WhatsApp acquisition, think again. Facebook on Friday announced brand new features to its mobile chat platform that are making it better than ever. I’m most excited for the addition of group messaging, a feature I thought would have been added long ago, especially considering Facebook bought Beluga way back in 2011, one of my favorite group messaging chat clients to date.
As the screenshots above show, you can create various groups for different people. You might have one for your roommates, one for your family, another for friends you share a hobby with and more. Once you have a group going, you can change the name, add a group photo add new people and more. The chat interface inside groups looks the same as standard chat, but more people can contribute to the conversation now. Facebook even added one feature that has its roots in email: you can now forward messages to people. That’s compelling, though probably a little worrisome for folks apt to talk behind someone’s back. Other changes include typical performance and reliability fixes.
Facebook Messenger with the new group chat feature is available as an update for iOS and Android devices now. We’re digging it so far, and think you will too.